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Mom Who Hosted Alcohol-Fueled Parties Charged With Child Abuse, Sexual Assault

A 47-year-old girl who allegedly hosted alcohol-fueled events for her teenage son and his pals — gatherings the place incidents of sexual abuse reportedly occurred — faces 39 felony counts, together with felony costs of kid abuse and sexual assault.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced the costs Monday in opposition to Shannon O’Connor, a former Los Gatos, California, resident who has since moved in Idaho. O’Connor can also be accused of offering alcohol to minors in addition to a separate felony fraud cost for making greater than $120,000 in unauthorized costs on a company card.

The statement of facts outlines prosecutors’ case in opposition to O’Connor, who’s alleged to have hosted the drunken co-ed home events starting in the summertime of 2020, when she offered her then-15-year-old son and his pals with “copious” quantities of alcohol. These events continued to escalate till December 2020, when O’Connor started orchestrating what prosecutors allege was sexual assault.

“On or around December 2020, Jane Doe 4 was present and intoxicated at Defendant’s residence. Jane Doe 4 was laying on a bed in the residence due to her level of intoxication,” investigators wrote within the assertion of information. “Defendant handed a condom to an intoxicated minor boy and pushed him into the bedroom with Jane Doe 4,” who “afraid, ran, and locked herself in the bathroom.”

Later that month, throughout a New Year’s Eve get together, O’Connor “watched and laughed as a drunk teen sexually battered a young girl in bed.” 

“Defendant would facilitate minors sneaking out of their homes during the middle of the night… without their parent’s knowledge or consent,” the assertion of information continued. “She would communicate with minors via Snapchat or text message, and then pick up the minors down the street from their home and drive them to her residence. She would then provide them with alcohol.”

Eventually, when information of O’Connor’s events reached the Los Gatos High School board, she and her son persuaded a pair of John Does who have been scheduled to satisfy with the vice principal to lie in regards to the state of affairs.

“It took a lot of brave children to come forward and to untangle this deeply disturbing case,” Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen mentioned in a press release. “As a parent, I’m shocked. As the DA, I’m determined to hold those adults who endanger children fully accountable to the law and our community.”

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